Narita Tourist Pavilion
Conveniently located before Narita-san Shinshoji Temple in Narita City, the Narita Tourist Pavilion is a great source of information, entertainment, and cultural education. The best part of all is that it is all free.
Visitors begin at the bottom floor, where they can pick up pamphlets and brochures and speak with a staff member for directions and information. There are also restrooms available in the building.
Heading upstairs, visitors can drop by a gallery and small museum. Featuring new artwork frequently, the gallery is an interesting display of local works. On display in November was art by local school kids. From careful calligraphy to bright paintings, the student works showed great skill and creativity. Prior months showcased a display about kabuki, among others.
Continuing on, visitors will find the small museum which explains the changes the area has gone through and how transportation has evolved over time. The old city photographs on the wall depict an interesting contrast to Narita City today. Descending a staircase, visitors can get a closer view of the giant parade floats located on the lower level. Beautiful and expensive to make, they represent those still in use during annual festivals in the area.
Also available for free with advance reservation at the Narita Tourist Pavilion on Omotesando Street is a tea ceremony. While listening to charming Koto music, visitors can sit on the red carpet of the tea room and receive freshly made green tea and traditional sweets. Visitors may also try on kimono following the ceremony.
[posted by Nadia]